"If Vladimir Putin had a tournament, would you play?" Poulter & Westwood respond

Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood refuse to answer questions on whether there is anywhere in the world they would not play golf.

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Wed, 8 Jun 2022
"If Vladimir Putin had a tournament, would you play?" Poulter & Westwood respond

Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood were asked by a reporter whether they would consider playing in a golf tournament if it was hosted by Russian president Vladimir Putin following their decision to play in the controversial Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational Series.

Poulter and Westwood were speaking ahead of the inaugural LIV Golf event at Centurion Club in St Albans earlier today, where they were joined by their Majesticks team members and fellow Englishmen Sam Horsfield and Laurie Canter.

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As you can see from the video below, Poulter and Westwood were left speechless at the reporter's question on morality. 

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"Lee and Ian, is there anywhere in the world you wouldn't play?" said the journalist. "If Vladimir Putin had a tournament would you play that?"

First there was a brief pause before Poulter said: "Speculation, I'm not even going to comment on speculation."

The reporter came back: "In a generality, is there any way you wouldn't play on a moral basis? If the money was right, is there anywhere you wouldn't play?"

There was more silence, a sip of water from Poulter followed by a deathly stare. 

"I don't need to answer that question," said Poulter.

"Sorry?" replied the journalist. 

"I don't need to answer that question," answered Poulter.

"Lee, do you want to answer it?" said the reporter. "I mean, would you have played in apartheid South Africa, for example?"

Westwood replied: "You're just asking us to answer a hypothetical question there, which I'm not going to answer."

The reporter said: "Well they're moral questions aren't they?"

Westwood concluded: "We can't answer a question on that."

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